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Kadaga calls for Constitutional reviewPublish Date: Dec 08, 2013
Kadaga calls for Constitutional review
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Speaker of parliamament Rebecca Kadaga

By David Lumu
A clash of legal minds and intellectuals has bred two diverging views: a Speaker of Parliament calling for the review of the 1995 Constitution and a Makerere law don calling for its abrogation.

Speaker Rebecca Kadaga said that she has found the question of appointing serving soldiers as ministers problematic.

"There are many areas in the Constitution, which certainly require review. One of them is the question of appointing serving soldiers to the cabinet. It is one of those that disturbed our brains," she said.

"On the one hand, you have a Constitution that directs you to ensure that the army is in the House. It is a command of the Constitution. But the same Constitution says that they [army] should not participate in politics. How do you resolve this?

These are two commands that are contradictory in the Constitution. So for me these are some of the areas that I find troublesome and I wish they could be resolved so that we get that matter out of the way," she added.

Kadaga was speaking at the first national conference on the Constitution organized by Center for Constitutional Governance at Imperial Royale Hotel over the weekend on Saturday where Makerere University law don, Prof. John-Jen Barya, called for the abrogation of the Constitution.

"Abrogate the Constitution because there is no way you can amend this Constitution given the fact that there are very many vested interests," he said.

Kadaga also revealed that she has not received the electoral reforms from both government and the opposition.

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